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Rotary honors Cameron Ott as Rotary Student for February

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By Special to the Monitor

Cameron Ott, Los Alamos High School senior, has been chosen as the February Rotary Student of the Month. Rotary, the oldest service club in the world, selects one LAHS graduating senior each month for recognition based on their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and community service.Ott is the daughter of Rosalie and Kevin Ott. In high school, Ott has co-edited and designed the school newspaper, worked as a staff member on the yearbook; has been a member of Film Society, The Coalition for Peace, and National Honor Society; and participated in cross-country, and tennis. She is also a National Merit Finalist.Ott would like to thank Laura Patterson and Bonny Hopkins for their confidence in her ideas and interests as she left Mountain Elementary School.At Los Alamos High School, Ott has benefited from teachers Cheryl Roth and Nancy Schick. Through their lectures, novels, tests, notes and essays, Roth and Schick brought vivacity to literature, language, history and art, creating a passion in Ott for these subjects today. Ott honored Roth at the Rotary luncheon.Catherine Puranananda, Cameron’s current literature teacher, whose class is filled with the best and the brightest of the world’s authors and poets (not to mention the equally talented students), has helped to fill the gap left by Schick’s departure to Washington, D.C., Ott said Puranananda’s class is the most rewarding and enjoyable facet of her senior year; it replaces Roth’s classes, who left LAHS unexpectedly. Ott would like to thank David Thurston and James Plewa for showing her that mathematics and science are not actually all bad and sparking her interest in biology and statistics. Ott also would like to acknowledge Brian Easton for his humor and insight into the inner workings of microeconomics, the Supreme Court and ethnic strife.Since 2000 ,Ott has been involved at varying levels in The Volunteer Task Force, participating in re-vegetation, erosion control, invasive species eradication, and trail development and maintenance within Los Alamos County. She would like to thank Craig Martin and John Hogan for instilling in her a deep connection to the natural world.Ott’s future plans include taking a gap year abroad and then attending a liberal arts school on the East Coast. She hopes to divide her time abroad learning French in Paris and West Africa and exploring culture, arts, religion and sustainability throughout her travels, before continuing her formal education.